When a group of rowdy white supremacists infiltrated Saffiyah Khans home city of Birmingham, England, she opted the kill em with kindness approach and it induced for some unbelievable photos.
A group of marchers with the far-right English Defense League were demonstrating in Birminghams city center in response to the attack on Westminster Bridge last month. The Islamophobic group is known for its often rowdy and violent protests.
I ended up going to the EDL demo because there is a history of harassment and assault of Muslims, vulnerable members of the public, and people of color at the demos and outside of it, Khan told Buzzfeed.
She was calmly hanging around the demonstration when she saw one woman in hijab completely surrounded by dozens of angry white humen, and has been decided to step in. Thats when Press Association photographer Joe Giddens captured the unbelievable moment between Khan and EDL member Ian Crossland.
Khan said she didnt feel threatened in the slightest style and its fairly obvious. Throughout her interaction with Crossland, she remains smiling with her hands in her pockets, clearly unfazed.
Her photo quickly ran viral, with thousands on Twitter celebrating her badassery.
One Birmingham MP, Jess Phillips, hailed Khan as the real Brummy( a nickname for British folks from Birmingham, with a Birmingham acccent) while referring to the EDL as a groupwho migrated for the day to our city and failed to assimilate.
In a follow-up interview with the BBC, Khan said that Sometimes its more important to smile than to shout.
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